They All Love Jack

They All Love Jack

Busting the Ripper

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For over a hundred years, 'the mystery of Jack the Ripper' has been a source of unparalleled fascination and horror, spawning an army of obsessive theorists, and endless volumes purporting finally to reveal the identity of the brutal murderer who terrorised Victorian England. But what if there was never really any 'mystery' at all? In THEY ALL LOVE JACK, the award-winning film director and screenwriter Bruce Robinson exposes the cover-up that enabled one of history's most notorious serial killers to remain at large. It is demolishing the theories of generations of self-appointed experts - the so-called 'Ripperologists' - to make clear, at last, who really did it; and more importantly, how he managed to get away with it for so long.
Publisher: London, England, Fourth Estate, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, 2015.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780007548880
Characteristics: xiii, 850 pages : illustrations, portraits, facsimilies ; 24 cm.


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Dec 22, 2017

Jack the Ripper has been, and always will be, a fascinating topic. Mr. Robinson is to be commended for the incredible amount of research he has provided and for the ability to expand that into 800 pages. The problem that I have with this book is that the tone is far too conversational for this type of information. Also, there are far too many derogatory terms used and too many expletives peppered throughout. Once a writer resorts to these techniques, the story loses any credibility it had and just sounds like whining. I'm only a third of the way through and finding it very difficult to motivate myself to finish it. The only reason to keep going is to find out how the author attempts to convince the reader who the real murderer is.

Oct 24, 2016

Without doubt, one of the more entertaining JTR books on the market, Robinson uses his talents to skewer "Ripperologists" and the multi-million dollar industry they have created. Hence, the irony of the title "They All Love Jack" which not only is an immensely popular song written by Robinson's suspect, Michael Maybrick, back in the 1880's, but could refer to the Ripperologists feelings for the murderer who has made them a mint over the years. The other group that draws Robinson's ire - almost as much as the Ripper himself, are the Freemasons, whose clandestine, tight-knit society was responsible for the near-complete cover-up of Maybrick's actions over a period of years, not just a couple of months in the fall of 1888.

Robinson goes to great lengths to lay out the "whys" of the Ripper murders as much as the "hows" and it is a gripping page-turner at times. Definitely a must-read for anyone remotely interested in the case.

May 06, 2016

From the screenwriter who gave us "Jennifer 8" comes this study as to who Jack the Ripper may have been. The thesis of this book can be summarized in the following: 1) Jack the Ripper was the composer Michael Maybrick; 2) he was a Freemason; 3) the fact he left clues at the crime scenes to indicate he was a Freemason, led Scotland Yard and the Establishment politicians and royalty, all three groups controlled by Freemasonry, to cover up whodunit; 4) Maybrick murdered his own brother James (by poisoning, a totally different m.o. than the other killings) and framed the widow, his sister-in-law Florence, for the crime; 5) the Ripper crimes were committed in the hopes they would be blamed on the Jews, in an attempt to set off a pogrom against Britain's Jewish population. My conclusion: Right suspect, wrong motive. Good read, though.

GSPLgord Nov 12, 2015

A fiercely entertaining expose of Victorian hypocrisy in the so-called "mystery" of Jack The Ripper. From the fertile mind of Bruce Robinson, writer/director of Withnail and I. Mr. Robinson details the cover-up and protection of his candidate for Jack, Michael Maybrick, (no spoiler) and how the "Mystic Tie" of Freemasonry and the Monarchy, as well as the Police and the Courts all conspired to actively un-investigate the vicious murders. Brilliantly written.

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